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#1 Ikrananka OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:45 AM

I'm curious to know if there are any differences between the ADAM keyboards that came with North American ADAMs and those that came with the CBS ADAMs sold in Europe.

 

Sadly I still have never owned an ADAM and have never used one of the keyboards.  So, are the keyboards any good?  How do they feel to use?  Any typical issues with them that have developed with age?


Edited by Ikrananka, Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:46 AM.


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Posted Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:53 PM

All ADAM keyboards are identical no matter where they were sold.

The keyboard is outstanding... one of the best of it's time and still receives rave reviews from those new to the Adam.

The hand controller attachment was a brilliant idea by someone at Coleco and the hand controller can be used as a numeric keypad and cursor control in programs such as SmartWriter.

The feel is very sturdy and I still like it better than modern keyboards.

No common issues. They are built to last.

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Posted Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:55 PM

Any issues continued...

Well, they do tend to discolor/yellow like the rest of the system if not protected from sunlight.

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Posted Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:02 PM

Thanks Jim - great info and much appreciated.

 

I don't want to buy a full ADAM system, just not enough room to collect any more large items, so I've been considering buying just an ADAM keyboard and a PC interface for it.  That way I can use ADAM software in an emulator but with the keyboard giving me that authentic feel of an original ADAM.



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Posted Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:08 PM

Is the Adamnet-to-USB Keyboard Adapter still available? I thought the guy (was it IntyDave?) made one small run and that was it.

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Posted Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:11 PM

Yeah, he doesn't have any more but has asked if I'd be interested if he made more.  I most certainly would.  Perhaps there'd be sufficient demand for another run?



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Posted Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:20 PM

Tell him i'm in this time!!!!

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Posted Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:37 PM

They're not cheap - apparently $70 each with the last batch.



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Posted Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:43 AM

I recall.

What interests me is we should be able to connect the adapter to the CollectorVision Phoenix using a USB-PS2 adapter

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Posted Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:46 PM

I like the sound of that.  I've been back in touch with David and will let you know if he'll be able to make a couple for us.

 

BTW - I'm also in the market for an ADAM keyboard cable, side tray and white controller.  I'm looking for near new.  Don;t suppose you have any you'd be looking to sell?

 

Cheers

Andrew



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Posted Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:18 PM

No extras available but either MilliV or Adamcon should be able to help you with all those items.

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Posted Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:35 AM

Thanks - I'll ask them.



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Posted Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:17 PM

I like the sound of that.  I've been back in touch with David and will let you know if he'll be able to make a couple for us.

 

BTW - I'm also in the market for an ADAM keyboard cable, side tray and white controller.  I'm looking for near new.  Don;t suppose you have any you'd be looking to sell?

 

Cheers

Andrew

 

 I would also like to get one. If it isn't too late.



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Posted Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:56 AM

 

 I would also like to get one. If it isn't too late.

 

I'm not even sure if David will be making any more yet.  He said possibly towards the end of the year although he may put some together in the meantime.  As soon as I hear back from him with any update I'll let you know.



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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:28 AM

If a ADAMNET to USB interface existed then one could use low cost $5 USB Windows keyboards on the ADAM memory console. Or even a ADAMNET to PS/2 adapter would allow a $10 Windows keyboard to be used. The ADAM keyboards are harder to find these days unless its bundled with the complete ADAM system.



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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:44 AM

It does exist but it's one way.... hook up an Adam Keyboard to a PC. Or you could hook it up to the CollectorVision Phoenix using a USB to PS/2 cable.

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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:10 AM

It does exist but it's one way.... hook up an Adam Keyboard to a PC. Or you could hook it up to the CollectorVision Phoenix using a USB to PS/2 cable.

That is a great invention to connect a 1983 ADAM keyboard to a Windows PC. Maybe one day someone well make a ColecoVision/ADAM cartridge slot that connects to a PC by USB cable. 

 

Maybe since the ADAM memory consoles are breaking from old age there is not a demand. However it would be nice to have a Windows keyboard connected to a real ADAM memory console.


Edited by HDTV1080P, Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:11 AM.


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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:40 PM

Modded PC Keyboards for use on the ADAM were done by Gary Bowser (Oasive Pensive Abducutors... remember the Adam Image Maker of which only 1 exists and Dale Wick owns) and a few others back in the 90s.

No real advantage as the ADAM Keyboard is a well designed piece of hardware that has stood up well to the tests of time.

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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:15 PM

The 3 that wanted the interface will be receiving them soon!

 

If anyone else is interested, I have 2 more. Please check out:

 

http://intellivision.../adam_intfc.php



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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:56 PM

If a ADAMNET to USB interface existed then one could use low cost $5 USB Windows keyboards on the ADAM memory console. Or even a ADAMNET to PS/2 adapter would allow a $10 Windows keyboard to be used. The ADAM keyboards are harder to find these days unless its bundled with the complete ADAM system.

As I mentioned above, a PS/2 Keyboard was converted for use with the ADAM. The mod was internal in the keyboard and then a PS/2-ADAMnet Adapter was made. I think this one was modded by Thomas Mackie.

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Edited by NIAD, Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:13 PM.





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